Counseling center set to expand in Montgomery Township
One year later they need more room.
After opening last year in the Heritage Executive Campus off Bethlehem Pike, the Counseling Center at Heritage in Montgomery Township is set to expand this fall.
Owner Dr. Tina Paone, who lives in the township, announced that the center will add three therapy rooms and an additional waiting room — gaining 800 square feet — so that there will be separate waiting rooms for children and adults. She’s also looking to expand her H[LstLNG stDII RI fivH ORFDO counselors.
An increase in child patients is the main reason. The expansion will allow CCH to accommodate more child therapy sessions.
“Child-centered play therapy in a room might look to someone else looking in ... as though the child is leading the session,” Paone said, noting that children as young as 2 or 3 years old can benHfit IrRP SODy tKHrDSy.
“The therapist sits in the back corner of the session [room] where the child plays. They get to choose ... what they want to play with and how they want to play with it. Of course there are limits set. It allows a child to develop a sense of self and a sense of control of their outside world.”
The center got its start when Paone, a regular contributor to Main Line Parent Magazine and an associate professor of counseling, realized the need for accessible mental health services for Montgomery County residents. The full-service counseling center addresses the needs of children, adolescents and families, from potty training troubles to anxiety.
“Right now we start get- ting into back to school anxiety,” she said.
Customized therapy options include traditional appointments, expressive art sessions and play therapy. Paone and the CCH team have successfully worked with families dealing with divorce-related transition, autism spectrum disorders and symptoms of ADD/ADHD.
In many cases of suspected ADHD among children, it isn’t ADHD that is the problem and parenting pointers are suggested. For example, if a child is acting out at home, but not at school, it’s not ADHD, Paone said.
Located at 595 Bethlehem Pike, the center now accepts most major health insurance plans, including Aetna, AmeriHealth, Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, Cigna, heystone Health Plan East, Magellan and Personal Choice.
For more information, visit www. counselingatheritage. com.
Dr. Tina Paone shows off a play therapy area at the Counseling Center at Heritage in Montgomery Township Aug. 15.